Mon, 06 Dec 2021

YAOUNDE, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- Cameroon sealed a 1-0 win over the Central African Republic (CAR) on Wednesday in the first leg of their first round qualifying tie for next year's Women's Africa Cup of Nations.

The Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon had hoped for an easy game but CAR held them to a goalless first half in a match due to be hosted by CAR, but played instead at the Japoma Stadium in Cameroon's commercial hub of Douala due to security concerns.

When the game resumed for the second half, it took the experience and tact of Cameroon striker and captain Nchout Ajara to score the only goal of the match in the 90th minute.

"It was a difficult game. I think when you are playing against such an opponent and when you are more experienced than the opponent, by the time you play 15 to 20 minutes and you are unable to score, sometime you start doubting yourself. But thankfully we won," said Bernadette Anong, Cameroon's deputy head coach.

The second leg of the tie will be held in Douala on Sunday.

The Women's Africa Cup of Nations will the first since 2018 after the 2020 edition was due to the pandemic, and will be held in Morocco in July 2022.

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